My husband and I read nearly every review on this website before booking our Honeymoon at Rendezvous for 10 nights from 26-Oct to 7-Nov. We were apprehensive because there are generally mixed reviews, but once we arrived we learned that those people with negative things to say must be pretty picky & critical to complain about spending a vacation/holiday in such a beautiful place…
…First, we took the helicopter ride from the main airport to the smaller airport which is a MUST at least one-way, it's definitely worth it (though the bus-ride to the airport going home wasn't nearly as bad as everyone writes). We were greeted at reception with cold towels and fresh drinks, and showed to our room. Shortly after arriving to our room we received a package at our door of fresh fruit, champagne and a certificate for a complimentary couples massage. Awesome!
We stayed in a luxury beach front suite, which was spacious and beautiful. The bed, pillows and sheets I wish I could've taken home with me. Everything was beautiful and the turn-down service was a great touch. As a few people mentioned, there was construction going on in some of the rooms but it never bothered us because it was during the day when couples are normally out by the beach/pool or on an excursion. It never woke us up, never deterred our thoughts on our location, it was completely un-intrusive.
The lazy river was hard to get to at first, but absolutely beautiful. A great spot for peace & quiet and good nap. The spa and main pools were also great and we never had problems finding chairs. We spent most of our time at the main pool and it's great because a bartender walks around during the day asking if you need a drink. Also, the main pool serves snacks (hot dogs some days, nachos & cheese the others) for some additional food during the day.
Yes, it's a public beach. Yes, during the days there are locals riding horses or playing soccer or going for walks. Weekends are more crowded since the kids don't have school, but nobody really bothers you and they stay past the water sports for the most part. If you don't like it, don't lay on the beach.
Watersports: AMAZING!! My husband and I went on the hobie cat a few times which was fun, and I had no idea the hotel offered tubing as well, which was my favorite thing to do almost every day. SO much fun!!
Restaurants & Bars:
The terrace dining was very good. Breakfast got a little bit dull, but I fueled myself on their delicious banana bread and scrambled eggs. Lunch was something different every day and on Tuesdays there's a lunch BBQ on the beach which is delicious. Dinner was different each night and I loved Italian night! Order some pasta with tomato sauce and garlic and it's delicious! They offer a la carte dining twice/week in the Terrace and we were looking forward to a la carte service on our last Tuesday there since the week prior we had eaten at Trysting Place. The hotel was very full by then, and we found out they weren't offering a la carte that night because it would take too long. I was disappointed that I never got to experience a la carte at the Terrace. I do love that during dinner when you order wine you get to enjoy the entire bottle!
The Trysting place was good as well. We ate there twice, and the menu changes twice/week. It's a great, air conditioned atmosphere.
We also did the private dinner in the gazebo at an additional cost and we HIGHLY recommend it! Francis was our server and she was so sweet and accommodating. Our food there was delicious and the experience itself was well worth the price. Very romantic!
The Champagne Bar was so much fun each night for Bubbly Hour - great conversation and as a champagne lover I enjoyed trying a new glass each night. It's also fun after the nightly entertainment is over to spend the rest of your evening - open until the last couple leaves.
Aside from the excursions we booked ahead of time, the resort offered a surprisingly good amount of activities to keep you occupied during the day. There was yoga, tai chi, archery, volleyball, hikes, bike rides, water balloon toss, etc. etc. Each day it's something different. My husband and I did the archery lessons, the water balloon toss, ping pong tournament, ring toss tournament and volleyball games. There's also a bike ride into Castries which my husband did and loved. On one of the first days we were there, we did a Lighthouse Walk which is about a 90-minute walk/hike (wear sneakers!) to the lighthouse. It was so much fun and the views we well worth the walk. It was beautiful!
I could go on and on and on here. From Jackie, to Cato, to Josie, to Pauline, to Francis to Clavi and more…everyone and I mean everyone is just simply amazing. They remember your name after a day - they hang out with you off the clock - they'll have dinner or lunch with you - and they'll be genuinely sad to see you go! I filled out a comment card before I left and nominated Clavi to win an Employee of the Month award. Clavi was always around the resort working his butt off, he would be there one night until 11pm and be back the next day at 7am. He would make it a point to talk to you, hug you, make you laugh, dance with you and play games with you. I will miss him the most!
Suggestions for Improvement:
1. We were under-prepared for the dress code at the Terrace Restaurant at night. We didn't bring enough trousers/dresses and felt uncomfortable wearing shorts or skirts. They aren't too strict about the dress code, though - but make sure you pack enough. I wish this had been more clear before packing!
2. There are no TVs in the rooms or in the hotel (except for above the gym), which I knew about and anticipated. My suggestion in this regard would be for one or two nights a week to have a "movie night" in the terrace bar. Popcorn, a projector showing a romantic comedy…I think it would attract a lot of guests and be a nice activity.
3. Rafts! I would have loved to use a raft to float on during the day in the pools/lazy river.
All in all, my husband and I feel very fortunate to have stayed here when we did. We met some amazing new friends from all over the world (Canada, UK, Ireland - hi guys!) and now have plans to visit them, and we hope to eventually return to the Rendezvous resort some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rendezvous - The Boutique Hotel For Couples. Rendezvous is the only all-inclusive boutique resort in the Caribbean nestled in a tropical garden on a 2-mile stretch of beach, designed for couples who want to spend quality time together in an atmosphere of personalized care. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rendezvous Hotel Castries
- Rendezvous Hotel St Lucia
- Rendevous St Lucia
- Rendezvous Resort St. Lucia/Castries